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Does salt pork have to be fully cooked before you put it in your dish?

I am cooking red beans and rice, and the dish calls for a ham hock. I don't have one of those, so I opted to use salt pork instead.

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No it does not; you can put it in raw and it will cook with the red beans.

I prepare it every year by:

Soak red beans in cold water over night;

fry off the diced salt pork, onion, green pepper, celery and garlic in the pot I will use to make the red beans;

add the beans and liquid and cook till tender & serve over rice.

Your could also prepare this dish without frying the salt pork first, just stick it in the pot with the beans.

One warning: Salt pork is salty, really really salty. If your recipe tells you to use two pounds of smoked hock, don't use that much salt pork - would advise using 1/8 or less as much salt pork as you would use smoked pork.

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